Augusta man loses another appeal in vicious machete attack

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PORTLAND (AP) — The Maine supreme court has turned back another appeal by an Augusta man convicted of a brutal machete attack on a father and his 10-year-old daughter in Pittston.

Daniel Fortune attacked William Guerrette Jr. and his daughter, Nicole, during a late-night home invasion in May 2008 that left both near death and permanently injured.

Fortune was convicted of aggravated attempted murder and other charges. His foster brother, Leo Hylton, is serving a 50-year sentence in the case.

The supreme court previously upheld Fortune’s convictions and concurrent life sentences in 2011. On Tuesday, the court rejected his claim of ineffective appellate counsel.

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